PROVIDENCE, R.I. \u2014 With the power outages and aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias on Aug. 4, DHS reminds individuals and families that SNAP recipients may seek and receive replacement SNAP benefits due to a loss of food caused by a disaster. Power outages of more than four hours meet that criteria.\n\nHouseholds seeking to replace benefits must report the loss within 10 days. They then have an additional 10 days to submit their signed affidavit of loss \u2013 the SNAP 55 form that can be found on the DHS Website - SNAP Other Forms page.\n\nDHS typically gets a list from National Grid to confirm energy loss. Though this may happen, the verification of loss can be a landlord, neighbor, community agency staff member, etc. It does not need to be the power company.\n\nAccording to federal regulations, replacement issuances must be provided to households within 10 days after report of loss or within two working days of receiving the signed household statement, whichever date is later.\n\nSNAP recipients who lose food due to power outage are encouraged to seek replacement benefits. However, in the event that at least 50 percent of a certain community (eg. city, zip code) is reported to be without power for more than four hours, the department may opt to apply for and receive a waiver from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for mass replacement of benefits.\n\nThis will allow for an automated mass replacement of a percentage of SNAP benefits for households in the designated cities and towns.